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CIRES/ NSIDC Post-Doctoral Associate, Indigenous Data and Storytelling

University of Colorado
Boulder County, Colorado
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Oct 17, 2021

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CIRES/ NSIDC Post-Doctoral Associate, Indigenous Data and Storytelling
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Boulder, Colorado
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Job Summary
The Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic ( (ELOKA) invites applications for a three-year postdoctoral research associate. We seek someone with expertise in Indigenous Knowledge, data management, and/or digital storytelling to develop research on Indigenous data and storytelling and to support the implementation of activities related to community and Indigenous data management under the ELOKA program.
The Indigenous Data and Storytelling postdoctoral fellow will develop a research project that will focus on storytelling with Indigenous data, drawing on existing partnerships and activities of the ELOKA network of partners.
The postdoctoral fellow will develop original research questions focusing on Indigenous data and storytelling that contribute to ELOKA's goal of enhancing the use and usefulness of Indigenous data and data management tools while upholding Indigenous data sovereignty. Examples of relevant research questions: How can storytelling approaches help data users understand and respect Indigenous data sovereignty? How can storytelling help preserve and share the context in which Indigenous data were produced?
This project will utilize a methodology that will be co-developed with ELOKA partners. The methodology will support research to understand how to share Indigenous Knowledge and data in ways that support its use while protecting and enhancing Indigenous data sovereignty.
Work will be carried out under the supervision of ELOKA PI Dr. Noor Johnson, with additional mentorship from Dr. Stephanie Carroll (Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance ( , Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona) and ELOKA co-PI Dr. Matthew Druckenmiller. In addition, the postdoc will have opportunities to participate in several related networks and efforts, including the Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network ( and the Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
ELOKA partners with Indigenous communities, organizations, and researchers in the Arctic to create online products that facilitate the collection, preservation, exchange, and use of local observations and Indigenous Knowledge of the Arctic. Our partners collect and manage data for a variety of purposes such as Indigenous education, language learning, cultural knowledge transmission, resource use and planning, and adaptation to environmental change. ELOKA fosters collaboration between resident Arctic specialists and visiting researchers, provides data management and user support and develops digital tools for Indigenous Knowledge in collaboration with our partners. ELOKA is beginning a new phase of work with a five-year NSF award ( (2021 - 2026) that will focus on how to make Indigenous data that is curated and stewarded by ELOKA and partner organizations more useful and usable for a variety of end users, with a focus on Arctic residents.
At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people's relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth's poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Work with ELOKA PI/co-PIs and partners to:
- Develop research questions focusing on Indigenous data and storytelling that contribute to ELOKA V's goal of enhancing the use and usefulness of Indigenous data while upholding Indigenous data sovereignty.
- Conduct collaborative research using a co-production of knowledge approaches.
- Develop innovative products (such as films, podcasts, and story maps) to share Indigenous Knowledge and data.
- Lead development/writing of research publications and conference presentations related to this project.
Support the implementation of ELOKA V activities including:
- Help organize and host in-person and remote network meetings and working groups.
- Support our partners and technical staff in efforts to enhance the use and usefulness of Indigenous data management products, such as digital atlases, applications, and websites.
- Represent ELOKA at relevant conferences and meetings.
- Help develop and implement training on topics of interest to ELOKA partners and the Arctic research community (i.e. Indigenous data and storytelling, data sovereignty, community data management).
- Conduct outreach to Indigenous organizations and communities to identify new potential partners.
- Develop content for the ELOKA and NSIDC's websites related to ELOKA activities.
- Manage social media (Twitter, Facebook).
What You Should Know
- ELOKA is currently funded under a five-year NSF award that began on February 1, 2021. Funding for this 3-year postdoctoral position is anticipated through August 31, 2024.
- The hiring and administering of this position will be through the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC ( ), which is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES ( ) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
- This position will be based at the University of Colorado Boulder campus in Boulder, Colorado. Remote work arrangements will be considered for exceptional candidates. In the event of remote work, travel to the University of Colorado at Boulder will be required on an annual basis for team and network meetings.
What We Can Offer
- CIRES can offer a generous compensation package. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
- The annual hiring salary range for this position is $60,000 - $65,000.
- Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado's relocation processes and procedures.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits ( , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder ( .
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What We Require
- Ph.D. in a relevant field (such as anthropology, sociology, data science, film or communication studies, Indigenous studies, environmental studies) completed in the past five years. Candidates who have a scheduled defense date will also be considered.
- Experience working collaboratively with Indigenous community, Tribal or organizational partners.
What You Will Need
- The ability to work with diverse groups of people including researchers from different fields, Arctic community partners, and Indigenous Knowledge holders.
- Proven ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative, distributed team.
- Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills.
- Outstanding project management skills.
- Technical competence in working with email clients, cloud-based file-sharing platforms, and other web-based collaboration tools.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Experience working directly with Arctic communities and Indigenous Peoples.
- Experience developing innovative products to share knowledge (such as films, podcasts, websites, story maps, etc.).
- Videographic and sound production and editing experience.
Special Instructions
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Resume or CV
- Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
- A sample of your work relevant to this role (article, dissertation chapter, film, etc).
- List of contact information for 3 professional references who may be contacted by the search committee members on your behalf. If you are selected as a finalist for this role, we will ask one of these references to also write a formal letter of recommendation for your application file. Please note that you don't need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.
The position will be open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs ( .
Posting Contact Information
Posting Contact Name: Noor Johnson
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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
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